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Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes, MN

A week long celebration of summer

When it comes to celebrating summer, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota takes its time. The Jaycee-sponsored Northwest Water Carnival lasts a delicious week or more in the heart of summer - July 6-15, 2018. This will be the 83rd annual!

An Admiral - a Jaycee member - resides over the extravaganza. One lucky girl is crowned Miss Northwest; later she competes for the Miss Minnesota crown.

Do you love to build sand castles or ships? There's a competition for you. Tough enough to eat chili in July? Then the Carnival's chili cookoff is calling you.

Water fights, kids' games, geocaching, music and food and more food - the Northwest Carnival has it all for you.

The two night Bash on the Beach this summer features Hairball on Friday, July 13th on the City Beach by the Pavilion. Saturday, July 14th bands include Warrant, Firehouse and One. The Parade of the Northwest is Sunday, July 15. The parade attracts thousands of people stretching a mile along Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive. The Fourth of July may be over, but in Detroit Lakes, the fun is just getting started.

For more information about Water Carnival fun, click here for their website